Firm Credit: Fritzlen Pierce Architects
The Vail Village Inn was one of the first hotels in the budding ski resort. In 1984 the owner, Joe Staufer, hired Fritzlen Pierce Architects to design the renovation and expansion his modest hotel. The proposed solution was an overbuild of the existing structure, with a second floor and a long sweeping Tyrolean roof.
The new hotel included a new lobby, bar and restaurant finished in the Tyrolean style of the owner’s native Austria. Millwork was sourced from recycled stock in Europe. A new porte cochere was added to the public entry to accommodate arriving guests.
Overbuild of the existing building minimized demolition. New super insulated roofs and windows improved the thermal insulation value of the building envelope. Recycled materials for interior finishes preserved resources.